New guidelines for overweight and obesity management

Filed under: [Health & Safety]

Obesity is a growing health problem in Australia, and one that is closely associated with other chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 63.4 per cent of Australians over the age of 18 were classified as overweight or obese during the period 2011-12.

In an attempt to counteract this upwards trend, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has published new clinical practice guidelines for managing overweight and obese patients.

The Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia (2013) is available for download in PDF version on the NHMRC website.

While primarily targeted at medical professionals, employers interested in maintaining corporate wellness may also want to read the guidelines, which serve as a useful source of information for anyone wanting to learn more about obesity management and prevention.

The new guidelines follow a '5 A's' framework: ask and assess, advise, assist and arrange. The guidelines have been developed to help health practitioners take a more targeted approach to treatment.

According to NHMRC chief executive professor Warwick Anderson, even small weight loss results can help to improve the health of at-risk patients.

"The evidence underpinning this new guideline tells us that a five per cent initial weight loss can reduce the risk of health problems like diabetes and cardiovascular disease," professor Anderson explained in a statement.

Many people find weight management hugely challenging and often cite work as a barrier to being able to exercise regularly and eat well.

Providing your staff with access to advice from qualified medical professionals by implementing a corporate health program may help them to take the first step towards improving their wellbeing.

Promoting exercise in the workplace can remind people of the importance of work-life balance, and may even make your staff more efficient.

Research shows that healthy employees tend to be more motivated and focused in the workplace, helping to improve overall productivity and boost company morale.

For more information on our corporate wellness programs, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Ford Health today.